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The Giving and Withholding of Consent in Late Twelfth-Century French Literature

Introduction: My investigations into the depiction and punishment of rape in late twelfth-century literature in northern France stem from a particular interest in some of the earlier branches of the Roman de Renart. One of these early tales recounts how … Continue reading

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Episcopal Virginity in Medieval England

  Introduction: In his classic study of medieval sainthood, André Vauchez outlines the qualities which characterised a saint-bishop in mid-twelfth-century Europe: ‘He was not expected to perform ascetic exploits or shine as a scholar, but be sober and temperate. What was … Continue reading

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Ælfthryth: England’s first queen

 Happy International Women’s Day.   We look at the life and history of England’s first queen.  She wielded more influence than any Anglo-Saxon woman before her and, in doing so, redefined the role of ‘king’s wife’. But did Ælfthryth cement her … Continue reading

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Women’s Experiences During the Wars of the Roses

Women’s Experiences During the Wars of the Roses   Abstract: This paper will discuss the lived experiences of women of the English nobility and gentry during the period between 1450 and 1485, which covers the end of the Hundred Year’s … Continue reading

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The Legend of the White Snake: A Chinese Mélusine Story

  A husband ‘accidentally’ glimpses into his wife’s bedchamber only to discover that the lady whom he believed to be fair, noble, and undoubtedly human – is in fact a (partial) snake. This unfortunate discovery, though hushed for a short … Continue reading

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Why Did Elizabeth Woodville Leave Sanctuary?

On March 1, 1484, Richard III swore an extraordinary oath. In front of “lords spiritual and temporal” and the mayor and aldermen of London, he promised that if Elizabeth Woodville and her daughters came out of sanctuary at Westminster, he … Continue reading

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Ten Medieval Warrior Women

While Joan of Arc is well-known as a woman who was involved in medieval warfare, there are many more examples of women who took up arms or commanded armies during the Middle Ages. Here is our list of ten medieval … Continue reading

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